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ACTION ALERT: Say No to Building a Biological Weapons Agent Lab


November 4, 2006
Tri-Valley CARES

The University of California Regents have applied to the Department of Homeland Security to build one of the world's largest biological warfare labs on the high explosive testing range at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. The facility (approximately half a million square feet ) would extend over 30-100 acres of earthquake-prone land and would house some of the most deadly diseases on the planet.

http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=9144536

Say No to Building a Biological Weapons Agent Lab
In California's Agricultural Heartland!


• Tell the Department of Homeland Security that you don't want a biological warfare agent research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory or its high explosive testing range!!

• The University of California Regents have applied to the Department of Homeland Security to build a bio-warfare agent research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's high explosive testing
range adjacent to the city of Tracy, California (population 78,773).

The designs for the lab state that it will be one of the world's largest biological warfare labs; approximately half a million square
feet for the facility, about the size of five Walmarts, on 30-100 acres of land. It would house some of the most deadly diseases on the planet.

This facility may experiment with live Anthrax, "Mad Cow" Disease, plague and other deadly pathogens, including some, like the Ebola Virus, for which there is no known cure. Scientists would use these pathogens to experiment on livestock such as cattle, pigs, and sheep.

Placing a biological weapons facility in this densely populated area that is also one of California's agricultural centers is wrong. The consequences of any kind of release would be disastrous for the health and economy of the surrounding community.

Additionally, because this work would take place in a nuclear weapons research lab, other countries may assume that we are developing an offensive weapons program. How would the US prove otherwise?!!

The Department of Homeland Security considers community acceptance a
major factor for determining the location of the bio-warfare agent research facility! Signing this letter will show that the national
community does not accept this!

What You Can Do
We need your help to stop a bio-warfare agent research facility, that could work with the deadliest agents known to human-kind, at the Livermore nuclear weapons lab. There are two things you can do to stop deadly bio-warfare agents from coming to the Bay Area:

1. Send an electronic letter to the Department of Homeland to tell them that there should be NO bio-warfare agent research facility at Livermore nuclear weapons lab. It is quick and easy to do. Just click here to take action: http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=9144536
(Background information below).

2. Attend the Bay Area Convergence to Stop Bio-Weapons. This free convergence will be at 1204 Preservation Park Way in Oakland, CA on Monday, November 13 from 7-9 PM (details below).

With your help we can stop this dangerous expansion of bio-warfare agent research proposed at Livermore nuclear weapons lab. In just 24 hours, the Dept. of Homeland Security has received 1,000 letters opposing this plan. Please send your letter today!

Thank you for taking action.



"Say No to Building a Biological Weapons Agent Lab in California's
Agricultural Heartland!


• Tell the Department of Homeland Security that you don't want a biological warfare agent research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory or its high explosive testing range!!

• The University of California Regents have applied to the Department of Homeland Security to build a bio-warfare agent research facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's high explosive testing range adjacent to the city of Tracy, California (population 78,773).

The designs for the lab state that it will be one of the world's largest biological warfare labs; approximately half a million square feet for the facility, about the size of five Walmarts, on 30-100 acres of land.

It would house some of the most deadly diseases on the planet. This facility may experiment with live Anthrax, "Mad Cow" Disease, plague and other deadly pathogens, including some, like the Ebola Virus, for which there is no known cure. Scientists would use these pathogens to
experiment on livestock such as cattle, pigs, and sheep.

Placing a biological weapons facility in this densely populated area that is also one of California's agricultural centers is wrong. The consequences of any kind of release would be disastrous for the health
and economy of the surrounding community.

Additionally, because this work would take place in a nuclear weapons research lab, other countries may assume that we are developing an offensive weapons program. How would the US prove otherwise?!!

The Department of Homeland Security considers community acceptance a major factor for determining the location of the bio-warfare agent research facility! Signing this letter will show that the national community does not accept this!
http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=9144536
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"Bio-Convergence" Summit
Monday, November 13
7 PM - 9 PM, Western States' offices
1204 Preservation Park Way, Oakland (BART accessible from 12th St. station)
(925) 443-7148 for details

The goal: To engage Bay Area and other No. Calif. groups, community leaders and elected officials in building a regional network to prevent the proliferation of dangerous bio-warfare agent research facilities in the Bay Area and Central Valley. Further, we aim to reorient the Bush
Administration’s present biodefense policy, moving it away from exotic bio-weapon agent research and toward strengthening the international Biological Weapons Convention and improving our public health infrastructure.

The summit will open with a short educational panel and then move into a facilitated discussion of strategies and tactics. Come prepared to consider how this issue best fits into your group’s mission and activities.

If you know of any peace, environmental, faith-based, gmo, health, animal rights, civic or other groups or elected officials that should be included in the summit, please call them — or send us their email address and we will invite them.

This event is being organized by Tri-Valley CAREs and is co-sponsored by Western States Legal Foundation (which is providing the meeting space) and the San Francisco Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility. And, if your organization would like to co-sponsor the “bio-convergence,” call us for details at (925) 443-7148

Below is a link to send an electronic letter to the Dept. of Homeland Security to tell them NO bio-warfare agent research facility at the Livermore Lab Site 300. It is quick and easy to do. Our friends at Nuclear Age Peace Foundation have set this up. Just click the link below and follow the instructions -- and the letter will send.

http://capwiz.com/wagingpeace/issues/alert/?alertid=9144536

• For more information contact: Tara Dorabji
Outreach Director
Tri-Valley CAREs
www.trivalleycares.org
tara@trivalleycares.org
marylia@trivalleycares.org or
marylia@earthlink.net

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